Man who deliberately urinated on police and ruined vital medical equipment jailed after Crawley investigation

A man who deliberately urinated on a police officer and vital medical equipment, leaving it unusable, has been jailed, Surrey Police said.

Wednesday, 6th May 2020, 1:16 pm

Leonard Knowles, 23, of no fixed address, was sentenced to a total of 58 months for possession with intent to supply, seven counts of assault against police officers, including an assault which left one officer with a broken nose, according to police.

He was also sentenced for criminal damage to hospital equipment.

Carlos Andre Robinson, 30, of Lyall Avenue, Southwark, was sentenced to 34 months imprisonment for possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

Leonard Knowles. Photo: Surrey Police

Both men were sentenced at Guildford Crown Court on Monday, May 4, according to police.

The men were arrested on Thursday, March 28 2019, after an ongoing investigation highlighted them as potential drug dealers preying on vulnerable people in East Surrey and Crawley.

A police spokesman said: “After they were searched, they were found to be in possession of over 94 individual wraps of crack cocaine and heroin between them.

“After his arrest, Knowles threatened and assaulted officers both at the scene and whilst in custody.

Carlos Andre Robinson. Photo: Surrey Police

“After being taken to hospital, following concerns he had concealed drugs, he proceeded to deliberately urinate on an officer and on vital medical equipment, leaving it unusable.”

Knowles pleaded guilty to all charges last year. Robinson was due to go to trial in February 2020 but pleaded guilty just before it was due to start, the spokesman added.

Detective Constable Elliott Abdo said: “Tackling drug dealing across the county and getting drug dealers off the streets and out of our local communities is one of our top priorities.

“Both men showed a complete disregard for the law, particularly Knowles, who assaulted multiple officers in the course of doing their job, leaving one with broken bones. Assaults on any emergency worker will simply not be tolerated.

“The prison sentences handed out this week are the result of a thorough investigation, and the officers involved worked hard with the Crown Prosecution Service to achieve this outcome.”

“Drug dealing is a serious offence and we rely on the public’s help to provide us with information to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.”

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